Where would we be without words? We use them constantly. We speak and think them. And we write and text them. Combined with music, they become the language of the heart. Even our body language translates into unspoken words. Crossed arms and a scowl can say, I’m mad at you. A gentle touch or a hug can say, I love you.
A few mornings ago when I came downstairs for my coffee, my sweet man asked me how I slept. I wasn’t quite awake, and I hadn’t found my voice. But I squeaked out, “Fine.” He didn’t hear me, so he asked again. Slightly irked and still not quite awake, I tried again. He still didn’t hear me. To make sure all was fine in my world, he asked one more time. I found my voice. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as kind as his. I growled out, “FINE!” …
… It takes skill to ensure that our words have the desired effect. And not a little self-control to keep damaging words from passing through our lips. Our words affect more than the hearer. Like concentric circles, they affect family, close friends, and an entire community … Do our words brighten our world? Do our lifestyles reflect the light of Christ?
More on the Power of Words
I’m privileged to be part of Marva’s summer series, How to Shine Like a Star — Real Hope for Real Women, at her website, Sun Sparkle Shine! Marva invited real women to share real hope from their everyday lives with the aim of inspiring you to shine for Christ. Join me, won’t you?